The plays on this website deal implicitly and explicitly with occurrences of racism, sexism, class privilege, ableism, ageism, suicide, murder, and violence against women and non-normative identities. This website is in no way an endorsement of these practices, but we hope that Pandemic Shakespeare can function as a space for creative, critical thinking and active interrogation, challenging, and destabilization of harmful preconceived notions.
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National Crisis Text Line
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National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
National Alliance on Mental Illness Hotline
National Sexual Assault Hotline
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective
Therapy for Black Girls
The Trevor Project (LGBTQ+ Hotline)